By Lily Kampani
Indian High Commissioner to Malawi, Suresh Kumar Menon has pledged continued assistance to Malawi through sharing of lessons learnt over the years as they implemented capacity building programs in various development sectors.
The Commissioner made the remarks on Thursday in Lilongwe as India commemorated the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day a program responsible for providing training courses from which a number of Malawians have benefited.
“India offers training programs in various sectors including health and energy, we have observed that Malawi requires a lot of capacity building in renewable energy and therefore we have given special slots to Malawi by sending 12 Malawian officials to India this year alone,” said Menon.
He said for the first time this year, they have sent 20 Malawian doctors specializing in different areas such as cardiology and neurology, after taking into consideration that Malawi needs a huge amount of support in the health sector.
“It is our wish to assist in training doctors in all critical areas in order to reduce the need for referring the patients to India, so that they can be treated here in Malawi,” stated Menon.
The commissioner further pledged to introduce distance learning scholarships that will enable eligible Malawian students including aspiring medical doctors to study in the country by providing them with the necessary equipment they will need such as computers and other hardware in order to reduce the capacity constraints.
In his remarks, Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi expressed gratitude to the Indian government through the ITEC program for providing Malawian professionals a chance to advance their knowledge in fields including health and agriculture.
“We need to be innovative in order to produce relevant scientific breakthroughs that are a product of Malawi basing on the knowledge that we have learned from India,” urged Dausi.
The Minister further requested the government of India to continue enhancing the capacity skills of Malawians in the area of ICT as it is an important economic indicator for development.
A n alumnus of the ITEC program, David Kulemeka commended the program for providing him with relevant capacity building skills which he successfully implemented at his work place upon his return.
In the last two years, the number of officers trained from Malawi has increased from approximately 100 in 2016-17 to 240 in 2017-18.